Class of '60
January 2011

Our 51st year!

Dear Classmates,

Greetings from snowbound Minnesota!  Would you believe that the official snowfall in Minneapolis-Saint Paul as of January 18 is 53.9” and the average for the whole season is 55.9”!  We will surpass that!  Janet and I had tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel for Friday night, December 3 and we could not travel because of a wild snowstorm.  But it let up by Saturday morning and we were able to go down on Saturday and they let us in for the smörgåsbord and concert/service.  Beautiful as always!

SPEAKING OF MUSIC:  the Gustavus Choir, under the direction of Greg Aune, is on a concert tour of Italy, as I write this.  They left January 14 and return January 28.  They’ve already been in Rome and their last few days will be in Assisi, Florence, and Venice.  The Choir’s home concert in Christ Chapel is Saturday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra (formerly known to us as the Gustavus Band) under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, will do a Midwest tour this year.  There is a list of their venues at the end of this letter in case you live nearby.


The Rev. Grady St. Dennis ʼ92, Director of Church Relations at Gustavus Adolphus College, was elected to serve as chaplain of the Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday, Jan. 10.  Rev. St. Dennis will replace former Gustavus president, our own Rev. Dennis J. Johnson, who served as House Chaplain for the past two years.  Rev. St. Dennis will add the part-time duties associated with the House Chaplain position to his current responsibilities at Gustavus.  Congratulations, Grady!  It will be a challenging legislative session!


Happy New Year!  We here at Gustavus want to convey our appreciation to all those who have contributed to the Gustavus Annual Fund in the first half of the fiscal year!  Because of your generosity, students will continue to receive the best education and all the opportunities that make up the Gustavus experience.  As we venture into 2011, we do so in gratitude and in the hope of support from many more Gustie alumni, parents, and friends!

Now, here is the word about US! 48 of our classmates, or 23.1% of us, have made gifts to Gustavus since our reunion totaling $14,818.  I heartily thank those who made contributions and invite the remaining 77% of us to give a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund before May 31, 2011.


The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department announced the 2009-10 Female and Male Athletes of the Year:  Melissa Mackley, a hockey player from Burnsville, Minnesota and David Martinson, a hockey player from St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  Mackley and Martinson are the tenth annual recipients of the Gustavus Athlete of the Year awards.

Mackley was a four-year regular at forward on the Gustavus women’s hockey team and a First Team All-America honoree in both 2009 and 2010.  She completed her career ranked ninth all-time in career scoring at Gustavus with 33 goals and 69 assists for 102 points.  A Phi Beta Kappa honoree, Mackley, who majored in biology, graduated with a 3.96 grade point average.  She was a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree and was also selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  She plans to pursue a medical degree at the University of Minnesota.

Martinson was a three-year standout for the Gustavus men’s hockey team.  During the 2009-10 season, Martinson helped the Gusties claim their first regular season title since 1993 with a league mark of 12-2-2 and led the nation in goal scoring with 29 goals in 29 games.  In the classroom, Martinson compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 with a major in accounting.  He was a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree and was chosen to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

It is also interesting to note that when we were at Gustavus there was no organized women’s hockey.  Women began playing conference hockey at Gustavus in 1997.  When we were at Gustavus our classmate, Quentin Carlson was player-coach and was accompanied by our classmates Dave Wold and Wayne Wirkkula.

Some of us will remember Coach Don Roberts ʼ56 who coached football, wrestling, and baseball at Gustavus from 1959-65.  But he is now recognized as the star hockey coach in Gustavus history and was honored in 2009.  When Roberts was named the head hockey coach at Gustavus in 1964, he had not ever played or coached hockey before in his life.  Roberts coached hockey at Gustavus to a 532-290-25 record in a career that spanned 33 seasons (1964-1997) and he retired as the winningest coach in the history of Division III men’s hockey in 1997 with 532 victories.  Roberts 532 wins rank 12th all-time in all divisions of collegiate hockey.

The head hockey coaches now are Brett Petersen, men’s hockey, and Mike Carroll, women’s hockey.  They are doing a great job.  They are finding ways to be sure that hockey players are also good students, academically, which they are!

(By the way, I was glad to be at the Gustie Breakfast in Minneapolis on January 19, 2011 where these hockey coaches spoke to a great crowd of alumni.  The Gustie Breakfasts are on the third Wednesday of every month at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis, 8:00 a.m.)


Gustavus heads into its 150th year with an official kick off on Friday, September 30, 2011.  That evening there will be a gala dinner celebration to which any alumni are invited.  You will hear more about this later in the year.  Also, the Gustavus Alumni Association has been working on a new leadership model for alumni classes to coincide with the Gustavus Sesquicentennial (150th Year).

Director of Alumni Relations Randall Stuckey ’83 has announced a new class leadership model designed to substantially increase and sustain Gustavus alumni relations to historic new levels of participation and support.  The initiative was based on recommendations by the President’s Task Force on Alumni Relations and Commission Gustavus 150 that the College reinvent the alumni class leadership structure.  The college has announced the following steps:

The highest officer of the class, who historically has been the Class Agent, will now be called the Class President and will serve as the lead officer of the class.  The Class President will be elected to serve a term of five years, with his or her term expiring at the upcoming five-year reunion of the class, at which time he or she may be re-elected or a new president elected.  Additional class officers, including the Annual Fund Chair, Communications Chair, Reunion Chair/Vice President, and Student Recruitment Chair, will be elected and serve concurrent terms.

WELL−it sounds like I will soon be referred to as President.  Hope that is okay with everyone!  We need to talk about whether we might designate a few other people for leadership one of the other positions, e.g. Annual Fund Chair, Reunion Chair/VP or any of the other positions.  Let me know what you think about that.  You can reach me either at or at

Classmate News:

Marlyn Windedahl Franzen, age 72, died on December 18, 2010, at her home in Verona, Wisconsin.  Marlyn had been in good health and was a liturgist at the memorial service at our 50th Reunion last May.  Later in 2010 she contracted cancer.  She graduated with a BA in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College.  She earned an MS in behavioral disabilities from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.  She worked in education, developing the Messiah Lutheran Church nursery school, and then for Madison School District for 36 years, as a fourth grade teacher, then in special education, talented and gifted, and as a program support teacher and administrator.  She retired in 1996.  Marlyn is survived by her husband of 50 years, Kermit; son, Mark (Janice) Franzen of New Berlin, WI; daughter, Karyn of Los Angeles, CA, grandchildren Bryan and Sarah and sisters Joyce Herron in Hill City, SD and Ardis Johnson in Brookings, SD.  We extend our sympathy and God’s blessing to Kermit and everyone in her family.

John and Anne Schroeppel in Hutchinson, Kansas wrote that their daughter, Sarah, a third-year medical student at the University of Kansas, was married to Christopher DeBacker at First Lutheran in Kansas City on December 18, 2010.  John is a retired ELCA pastor.

Lois Sundberg Smedstad says:  Dave and I moved to Canyon Lake, CA in mid-December to be closer to our daughter and her family, which includes three little granddaughters, ages 10, 7 and 3.  We’re enjoying the change of scenery and aren’t missing the Minnesota blizzards!  The 50th class reunion was a great event.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Pete Nyhus is up to some good!  He has been involved with coach Haugen and the Gustie football team in coordinating a “cultural exchange” event with a football club, “American style,” in Cancun, Mexico.  The event will take place in Cancun May 25-30, 2011.  By participating in an event like this the NCAA will allow the Gusties additional practice time.  There is always the need for additional $ for such an undertaking.  “I am asking any of you that are so inclined to PLEASE make a financial contribution to the event.  Just designate the contribution to the “Football Fund” trip and send it to Gustavus or you can make a gift to the team online at  ANY amount will help defray the team’s expenses.  Thank you in advance.  If you think this might be an interesting trip for you, give me an e-mail.  Peter “Pedro” Nyhus.”

Dan Buendorf says that he and Sandra (Luedtke ʼ62) have now lived in St. Peter for three years and are enjoying the Gustavus chapel, dining, classes, activities and students quite often.  One of the suggestions for retirement was to seek out a small town with a college.  After spending eight years of retirement in Maple Grove they decided to go back to rural Minnesota and it has been a good move.  He has been serving as Interim Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran, New Auburn, about 32 miles NW of St. Peter, starting in September of 2009 and if the call process goes as planned, he should be done sometime in June, 2011.  They have planned an Alaskan Cruise in July to celebrate his next retirement.

We heard from Nancy Dege Gerhard – My sad news is that I didn’t attend the reunion because my husband was dying of leukemia.  He passed away on June 29, four days after our 50th anniversary.  I miss him a lot.  To avoid Christmas at home this year, I decided to take a cruise along the Danube to the Christmas markets in Germany and Austria.  It snowed every day, and the river was so high that the ship couldn’t reach all the scheduled cities due to low bridges.  The real adventure was getting to my son’s house for Christmas in Matthews, N.C.  All the airports in Europe were closed due to the snow, and I wound up going to New York and Charlotte via Dubai!  I was in an airport or on planes for 33+ hours!  However, I missed the Kennedy closure by two days and made it to my son’s house for Christmas.  I don’t think I will venture to Europe in the winter again.

Ray Olson wrote:  Sheila and I finally have a grandson going to Gustavus.  Both of our daughters graduated from Concordia at Moorhead.  One of our grandsons graduated from Macalester and our granddaughter is a senior a Beloit College, but Sam Olson-Anstett is a freshman at Gustavus and loves it.  He is on the swimming team so we get to Gustavus often.  We are very excited.  We have another opportunity to have a Gustie, August; our youngest grandson is a 7th grader in the Mounds View District.  Thanks for all your effort to put out the alumni news for all of us.

We received new that George Ramberg died last October.  He did not graduate with us, but was with us for 2-3 years and was a Phi Alph.  He lived most of his life in Emily, Minnesota, owning and operating his two businesses, Federal Hardware, and Tek-Car until he retired in 2001.  Fred Rogers wrote that he really enjoyed him and he was one of the joys of college.  Byron Helgeson wrote that George and he started freshman football together as quarterbacks and needless to say it didn’t last long.

We are always glad to hear from Bill Shogren, our great fisherman, who wrote:  “On a recent fishing trip to northwestern Wisconsin my son and I had the opportunity for a few long, fun conversations with “the one and only,” Bob Norlin.  One of our chats was reminiscing about college days as we sat at a portable table and chairs along the legendary Bois Brule River.  Some of us called him Pierre; hailing from Washburn, Wisconsin and now after several decades he’s returned to his wonderful Wisconsin north country to do some law work and be a major force in the construction of the North Country Trail between Superior, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This Wisconsin portion is part of the National Scenic Trail, starting in North Dakota and ending in New York state.  Pierre surely loves this important trail project with its many friendships.  He hikes the trail every week.  Definitely check out  It’s a monumental recreational project for that region.”

DON’T FORGET TO SEND NEWS as the year moves along.  Our next class letter will go out in April.  Please send news to or

Gustavus Live Long!

Paul Tidemann

1960 Class Agent/President or whatever!

Campus News

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd
  • Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth
  • Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI
  • Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker at both the breakfasts for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Seattle – January 27 – Pike Brewing Company
  • Tucson – February 8 – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ʼ66 residence
  • Phoenix – February 10 – Fired Up Grill
  • Denver – February 11 – Denver Athletic Club
  • Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table
  • New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club
  • Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 2